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Mournful Migrants

An evacuee who returned to Shiyan in central Hubei province makes a living by piloting a boat for sport fishing along the Hanjiang River.
An evacuee who returned to Shiyan in central Hubei province makes a living by piloting a boat for sport fishing along the Hanjiang River.

A burning sense of loss prompted Kang Zhengbao and his family to return to Shiyan in the central province of Hubei, even though it meant becoming homeless.

Kang’s family was evacuated from Shiyan’s Hanjia Island along with more than 100 other households as part of a government-sanctioned relocation program in early 2010 to make way for the construction of the South-North Water Diversion Project. The government said that the Hanjiang River, which surrounds Hanjia Island, would rise and cover the island.

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